Dick Tayler is best known for his triumph in the 10,000m at the Commonwealth Games in Christchurch in 1974, where he won gold and still holds a game record for his time of 27 min 46.4 sec.
Dick has had an interesting life from farming to harness racing, where he held the position as New Zealand's Marketing Manager for five years before moving to DB Breweries where his first job was to visit every pub in the South Island. After five years with DB Breweries, Dick became involved in the gaming industry as South Island's Sales Manager for Advance Gaming (NZ) Ltd, who distribute Konami gaming machines. He has had his share of highs and lows through his life, from being ranked number one in the world for 10,000m in 1974, to becoming bed ridden with Arthritis 12 months later. It took three years before he was able to get back into light jogging, but his athletic career was over.
Dick is a real people person, a keen rugby man and is the President of the Canterbury Rugby Supporters Club. He holds a very high profile in the Canterbury province.
Dick has held various New Zealand titles, namely, 880yds in 1967, 1 mile in 1966, 1500m in 1970, 10,000m in 1973 and one of his best wins, the Cross Country Senior in 1973. Dick holds the World Record for 4x1 mile relay raced in 1972 but is best known for his legendary win in at the Commonwealth Games in 1974, inspired by his coach Arthur Lydiard, he won gold and was ranked number one in the world for 10,000m. In that same year, he was voted Sportsman of the Year.
Speaking and MC experience
Dick is a highly entertaining speaker - perfect for an after-dinner presentation! Dick has a great ability to mix a brand of serious and light-hearted humour while sharing his motivational and inspiring story, which resonates with any group or organisation.
As an MC, Dick can keep any event fun and entertaining, sharing humorous anecdotes throughout.
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